Staff Picks

It’s Friday and we’ve almost made it through the first week back from break.  But to be honest, some of us at the Library are still reminiscing about the time we spent away holed up with a book, or listening to music on our travels.  As you get ready for the weekend, we thought we’d share with some of the books and cds we enjoyed borrowing from our library collections.

littlelifeA Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Yanagihara’s epic novel (700+ pages) was an intense and disturbing tale of friendship, yet somehow beautiful at the same time. — Recommended by Gail Scanlon


academystreet Academy Street by Mary Costello

Costello’s debut novel is a well-written story of a woman’s life beginning with her childhood in Ireland through her life post 9/11 in NYC. — Recommended by Gail Scanlon


allthelightAll The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This high-demand Pulitzer-Prize novel tells the story of French girl and a German boy as they try to survive the hardships and devastation of World War II.  A fast and beautiful read. — Recommended by Beth Rohloff


unlikelyevent In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

Blume’s memory of three plane crashes that occured in her hometown of Elizabeth New Jersey, became the basis for her most recent novel.  This fictional account touches upon how a series of catastrophic events can create a unique and lasting bond between people. — Recommended by Beth Rohloff

BBC Music Legends: Brain

A recording of Dennis Brain playing horn in various classical pieces by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms.  It is great for chilling out after work. — Recommended by Melinda Dolan

1035x1035-hamilton---digital-album-cover---final_sq-6aec6877614608af10cf4169380c490a7e78bf5fHamilton: original Broadway cast recording

Probably my favorite part of the break was listening to the original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton on CD while I was driving on several long trips. I must have played the CDs from start to finish at least 15 times! I’m putting tickets to the musical on my wish list! — Recommended by Gail Scanlon